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AUGUST 1 - 8, 2015

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When people ask me why I go to dance camp, I always say it’s because there’s nothing like going on vacation with all of your friends. English Week is this rare opportunity to come together with our community and participate in this sport of English dancing we love so much in one of the most beautiful and magical places anywhere, Pinewoods Camp.

In this CDSS centennial year we will celebrate English Week’s past, present and future. We’ll compare and contrast the country and ritual dances people were dancing in the first dance weeks at camp, and the music that accompanied them, to what and how we dance and play today. We’ll think about the notion of “English dance” and how that meaning has changed and will continue to evolve.

Each day, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our fabulous teaching and music staff. We’ll enjoy English country, morris, rapper, clogging, longsword, singing, music classes, a daily American dance class, and on and on... Evening dances will feature a wide range of both favorite and about-to-be favorite English country dances, plus a nightly dance "For Those Who Know.”

Camp is also an opportunity for you to make things happen: throw a chocolate party, volunteer to host a pub sing, teach people how to make marble machines, serenade camp as we wait on line for dinner. The possibilities are endless. And from experience I can tell you that it never hurts to bring a tiara to camp - just in case...

Need a break from dancing? Carve out time in your schedule for swims, sunning on dock, a daily yoga class, tea time, games, a walk, a nap, and of course laughing yourself silly at the daily all-camp gathering. Meet dancers and musicians from everywhere; find your next favorite partner.

I look forward to seeing you all there. Don’t forget to save me a dance!

~ Joanna Reiner, Program Director

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